Streams- There are still steelhead in Maxwell Creek. Not sure if the latest rainfall will send them into the lake. Stream anglers are using egg sacs and beads.
Fishing the Sodus Pier has been impossible with the constant gale-force wind. Today it’s cranking and tomorrow it might be a better chance to cast the pier.
Lake Ontario-Lake conditions have been brutal, which is such a shame because the brown trout bite has been excellent. Last Tuesday was the last time the lake was flat. It’s like a broken record; Wed, blowing with 50 mph gust, Thursday still blowing. Over the weekend it was a north-east gale.
When you do get out, use stickbaits and try to find warmer water, which will be difficult because of the constant wind.
I guess the only positive point would be…mudlines should be everywhere.
Bays-Still waiting on the bullhead bite, which is late because of cold water and frigid temperatures. Bullhead will be hitting the month of May. You can fish on Bay Bridge, the southern end of Sodus Bay.
Perch fishing was productive, however not many boats have been on the bays. (Too windy)
There was a good catch of crappies at the south end of Port Bay early last week. Launch at the south ramp and fish along the west shoreline until you find the schools. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs.
Check out the rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com.
Erie Canal-The canal is the only body of water that is not affected by the wind. You can launch at Widewaters and fish east or west without being blown around. Pan fish are the quarry.
The canal opener, when they flood the entire water way, is scheduled for May 18th.
This report was written on April 17, 2018 by Chris Kenyon of Wolcott, NY, a regular columnist with the Finger Lakes Times, Sun and Record, Lake Ontario Outdoors and freelance writer with other publications, as well as Recreational Promotional Coordinator for Wayne County Tourism. Chris assists with the Wayne County Youth Derby and other outdoor events. He also takes time to work with the Montezuma Audobon Center on programs involving kids, including their Youth Pheasant Hunt. He is a constant presence at sportsmen’s events, shows, and anything involving the outdoors. Kenyon is a tireless advocate for enjoying the outdoors, preserving the environment, and sharing knowledge and skills.